SYDNEY CHEEK-O'DONNELL portrait
  • Associate Dean for Research, College Of Fine Arts-Dean
  • Chair, Theatre Department
  • Associate Professor, Theatre Department

Professional Service

  • National Endowment for the Arts. Role: panelist. NEA Research Lab proposal review committee. 04/19/2021 - 07/14/2021
  • Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Role: Vice President for Publications, Editor of REVIEW. Executive Board Member. 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2016
  • Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Associate Editor of Review, its semiannual publication. 08/15/2009 - 06/30/2012

Internal Service

  • Presidential Transition Advisory Taskforce. member, 08/18/2021 - 09/01/2021. University service.
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. ex officio member, 01/01/2021 - present. Department service.
  • Search Committee, Associate Dean for Finance and Operations. member, 01/01/2021 - 03/15/2021. College service.
  • Library Futures Taskforce, subcommittee on Libraries & Academic Publishing. member, 10/17/2020 - 04/01/2021. University service.
  • University Partner Board: Project ARIISE: Addressing Racial Inequities through Interprofessional Simulation and Experiential Learning. member, 10/01/2020 - present. University service.
  • Advisory Board: Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive Health for African Refugees Resettled in the United States, 1U4U project. member, 09/01/2020 - present. University service.
  • Pioneer Theatre Company Board. member, 08/01/2020 - present. College service.
  • Search Committee for Arts, Health, and Well-being faculty position in the CFA. Chair, 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2020. College service.
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships Committee. member, 07/01/2018 - 07/01/2021. University service.
  • Search Committee for Arts, Health, and Well-being faculty position in the CFA. Chair, 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019. College service.
  • Digital Matters Lab Advisory Committee. member, 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019. University service.
  • Search Committee: Assistant Professor of Directing. member, 11/06/2017 - 05/01/2018. Department service.
  • Strategic Plan Sub-committee for Research ("Goal One"). Chair, 09/01/2017 - 02/15/2019. College service.
  • Strategic Plan Committee. member, 09/01/2017 - 02/15/2019. College service.
  • Internal Review Committee, Undergraduate Program Review of Gender Studies. member, 10/03/2016 - 11/30/2016. University service.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. co-Chair, 08/24/2016 - 06/30/2017. Department service.
  • College Council. member, 07/01/2016 - present. College service.
  • Digital Matters Lab Task Force, Marriott Library. member, 07/01/2016 - 12/14/2016. University service.
  • Digital Matters Lab Steering Committee. member, 01/01/2016 - 06/30/2018. University service.
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships Committee. member, 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018. University service.
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching Program Committee. member, 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018. University service.
  • Theatre / Ethnic Studies Assistant/Associate Professor Search Committee. Co-Chair, 01/01/2015 - 05/01/2015. Other service.
  • Raymond C. Morales Post-Doctoral Fellow Search Committee. member, 03/01/2014 - 06/15/2014. College service.
  • Curriculum Committee. Chair, 08/25/2013 - 07/15/2014. College service.
  • Curriculum Committee. Chair, 08/2012 - 06/30/2016. Department service.
  • Curriculum Committee. member, 08/2012 - 06/30/2016. College service.
  • Executive Committee. member, 08/2012 - 06/30/2016. Department service.
  • Academic Evaluation and Standards Committee. member , 08/2012 - 06/2015. University service.
  • Strategic Plan Committee: Goal One. member, 01/2012 - 01/2013. College service.
  • MTP Head Faculty Search Committee. member, 01/2012 - 05/2012. Department service.
  • Curriculum Committee. member, 08/15/2010 - 05/01/2011. College service.

Community Partnership

  • UPIQ (Utah Pediatric Partnership to Improve Healthcare Quality): Learning Session on Self-Care Plans. 05/24/2012 - 06/20/2012
  • UPIQ (Utah Pediatric Partnership to Improve Healthcare Quality): Learning Session on Mental Health. 01/01/2012 - 03/23/2012

Outreach

  • Workshop in Dramaturgy at Utah Theatre Association Conference. 01/22/2010 - 01/22/2010

Honors & Awards

  • Celebrate U: Top Researcher Award (College of Fine Arts) For interdisciplinary research undertaken with the Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (PI: Jeffrey Botkin) and for work on an NSF grant (PI: Nalini Nadkarni). University of Utah Marriott Library, 04/05/2017
  • Faculty Excellence Award for Exceptional Teaching. College of Fine Arts, 10/2012
  • Awarded an Interdisciplinary Teaching Seed Grant for the 2011-2012 academic year in support of "Science on Stage." Funds will be awarded during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, 10/27/2010

Affiliations

  • Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), Member, Regional Co-VP, 01/01/2007 - present

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